Sean Nicholls

Sean Nicholls

Sean Nicholls is the State Political Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald.

MPs face crackdown on frequent flyer points, warns NSW tribunal

Sean Nicholls NSW MPs face a crackdown on their use of frequent flyer points earned while on official business after 22 members failed to verify they had not used the perk for personal travel.

Mike Baird's sharper focus on policy priorities a positive, but what happens with the rest?

Sean Nicholls dinkus

Sean Nicholls Mike Baird makes no secret of what shaped his approach to the freshly overhauled NSW state plan: his 18 years in the private sector before he entered politics.

Mike Baird tears up Barry O'Farrell's state plan to sharpen focus on performance

The Premier has outlined his priorities for the state.

Sean Nicholls, State Political Editor Mike Baird has torn up the existing state plan for benchmarking government performance and radically rewritten it.

Don's party for her majesty Queen Elizabeth spoiled by 'bordering on racist' joke

President of the Legislative Council, Don Harwin, with Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William in April last year.

Sean Nicholls A speech at a dinner celebrating the Queen's reign made fun of the traditional Aboriginal welcome to country.

Gymea Technology High School parents left in the dark about sex education by Shirelive church

Chloe found the course to be at odds with what she had been taught at home.

Sean Nicholls Jennifer Schultz didn't think twice when she was asked to sign the permission slip for her 15-year-old daughter, Chloe, to attend a leadership forum organised by her school.

Push to dump Salim Mehajer as treasurer of western Sydney council body

Salim Mehajer and his new wife Aysha

Sean Nicholls Auburn Deputy Mayor Salim Mehajer faces a push to drop him as treasurer of the body representing western Sydney councils, amid fears his controversial wedding could reflect poorly on the group.

Parliament boils over as Liberal MP for East Hills challenges Opposition Leader Luke Foley to 'take it outside'

MP Glenn Brookes challenged Luke Foley to

Sean Nicholls The NSW election might have been over for six months, but simmering anger over a dirty tricks campaign in the seat of East Hills saw Liberal MP Glenn Brookes invite Opposition Leader Luke Foley...

Liberal MP Peter Phelps admits plagiarising Peter Hitchens column for speech

Liberal MP Peter Phelps

Sean Nicholls Liberal MP Peter Phelps has been caught red-handed plagiarising a column on the Syrian refugee crisis by conservative British commentator Peter Hitchens in a speech in the NSW upper house.

Alcohol giants push to ease 10pm bottle shop closure in country areas

Regional liquor outlets have suffered a drop in turnover since the 10pm takeaway sales ban was introduced in early 2014.

Sean Nicholls The alcohol industry wants regional stores allowed to nominate up to 12 days a year to sell takeaway alcohol until midnight.

Mike Baird met with Korean company behind controversial Wallarah 2 mine

Sean Nicholls Premier Mike Baird met the company behind the proposed $800 million Wallarah 2 coal mine during an official trip to Korea, drawing renewed criticism of the government's handling of the contentious...

NSW Libs push to increase female representation but baulk at Howard reforms

NSW Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian's calls for targets for the preselection of women are now part of a Liberal Party reform package.

Sean Nicholls The NSW Liberal Party will be required to set targets for the number of women preselected at state and federal seats under a reform package which will be put to its October 10 state council annual...

Mike Baird says GST increase can fund health and also deliver tax cuts

NSW Premier Mike Baird has proposed a dramatic rise in the GST to 15 per cent.

Sean Nicholls Premier Mike Baird says the extra revenue from lifting the GST to 15 per cent could help plug the gap in national health funding and deliver tax cuts.

Education Minister Adrian Piccoli pays the price for a principled approach

NSW Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli has stood up to vested interests.

Sean Nicholls, Alexandra Smith Aside from the Gayby Baby furore, Adrian Piccoli has proved himself the most likely of all the NSW government ministers to stand up to vested interests – often at personal cost.

Real estate agents risk losing commissions in under-quoting crackdown

Sean Nicholls Real estate agents will be forced to nominate a property's estimated sale price before auction and adhere to that figure in advertising or risk losing fees and commissions.

Job cuts at WaterNSW bring fears for the future of Sydney's drinking water

Fresh water

Sean Nicholls Jobs cuts at the specialist agency established to respond to Sydney's giardia and cryptosporidium drinking water crisis more than two decades ago have sparked concerns that the long-term integrity of...

Metgasco prepares to sue NSW government over Bentley licence cancellation

Metgasco CEO Peter Henderson:  expects police protection for the Northern Rivers project.

Sean Nicholls Energy company Metgasco is preparing to sue the NSW government for millions amid claims negotiations broke down over the cancellation of a north coast gas licence.

NSW MPs pushing for more generous pension scheme

NSW Premier Mike Baird with John Sidoti.

Sean Nicholls, State Political Editor A group of NSW MPs is pushing for a review of the parliamentary pension scheme after their previous generous entitlements were wound back by former Premier Bob Carr.

Mike Baird unveils bail crackdown for suspects with terrorism links

NSW Premier Mike Baird:

Sean Nicholls Bail will be refused in all but extraordinary circumstances for anyone charged in NSW with a serious offence who also has terrorism links, in light of the Martin Place siege.

Authorities powerless to force Salim Mehajer to reveal election funding

Salim Mehajer, with his wife Aysha, says his wedding has showcased Australia to the world.

Sean Nicholls The people who bankrolled Salim Mehajer's election to Auburn council may never be known.